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Kyrsten Sinema's Political Summary

Office: U.S. House (AZ) - District 9, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9

Contact Information

Campaign Email
info@kyrstensinema.com

Campaign Website

Campaign Website

Campaign Social Media

Washington, D.C. Email
info@kyrstensinema.com

Washington, D.C. Webmail

Washington, D.C. Website

Campaign
Post Office Box 25879
Tempe, AZ 85285
Phone: 480-526-7070

Campaign
1318 West Glenn Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Phone: 480-526-7070

Washington, D.C.
1237 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-9888
Fax: 202-225-9731

District
2944 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018

06/09/2014
Statement:

Today Congresswoman Sinema met with the Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson. Following the meeting, Sinema released this statement: Today I learned that 18 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA, and that an additional 823 veterans who requested care were never contacted or received care from the VA, going back as far as 2009. The Phoenix VA has attempted contact at least twice with each of these veterans in the last 48 hours, however the fact that these veterans were never previously contacted is unacceptable. The recent actions the VA has taken to address the severe failures of the Phoenix VA are a step in the right direction. Several of these are actions we've called for over the past several weeks. We called on the VA to provide mobile clinics; there is now a mobile clinic outside the VA and two more will be added in the next two to three days. We requested the VA immediately contact these veterans to schedule appointments; the VA is working to contact each of the Arizona veterans awaiting care. We requested a review of Phoenix wait times and wait times nationally; the VA will release a full report Monday and monitoring will continue on an ongoing basis. We asked the VA to have social workers on staff in the Phoenix VA Hospital emergency room; there are now social workers that cover the ER 24/7. We called on the VA to leverage community partners and adjust their contracting, they are taking steps to do both. We've also asked the VA to participate in a meeting with community partners, they are participating today. But there is still very significant work to be done, which is why I presented the Acting Secretary with a specific plan to help the 3,923 Arizona veterans who need care immediately. We must take immediate action to hold VA leadership accountable, get all veterans in front of a doctor or specialist, leverage community partners, fix the scheduling system, and establish effective incentives and oversight at the VA to ensure this never happens again. "I will continue to push until these veterans have immediate access to both short-term and long-term care, and all Arizona veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned."

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